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Financial Controller

LocationMelbourne, VIC
Work TypeFull time
Positions1 Position
Job no: 6E8EK
Category: Finance & Accounting, Financial Control

Join us in the role of Financial Controller, where you'll lead a talented & diverse team, drive financial efficiency, and provide strategic advice to support Melbourne Airport's growth and success.

The position of Financial Controller is primarily accountable for managing the financial control team and tax team to optimise both the day-to-day running of compliant transactional accounts, lead the Year End and Half year financial close and to provide timely and sound technical accounting and tax advice and support to the finance team and the business. 

As a member of the Finance Management Team, the Financial Controller is also expected to support peers and other business managers in the development of commercial business cases and reports to meet APAMs broader business strategies and statutory accounting obligations.

Melbourne Airport is at the forefront of a dynamic expansion, poised to support the city's ascent to become Australia’s largest city within the next decade. As we soar towards new heights, we're embarking on ambitious projects, including the development of a third runway, state-of-the-art terminals and major business park projects creating unparalleled opportunities for growth and innovation. Join us in shaping the future of aviation as we propel Melbourne Airport towards becoming Australia's favourite Airport destination.

Key responsibilities:

Transactional Accounting and Month-End Close:

  • Lead month-end processes, ensuring financial integrity and adequate controls.
  • Manage balance sheet reconciliations and drive process improvements.
  • Lead financial, tax, treasury, accounts payable, and accounts receivable functions.
  • Ensure best practice management of chart of accounts and group reporting.
  • Own APAM's finance policies and procedures, ensuring compliance.
  • Build strong relationships with Business Partners.

Cash Management and Treasury:

  • Forecast cash requirements and manage debt funding.
  • Ensure compliance with IFRS 9 and oversee accounting valuations.
  • Assist with debt covenant compliance and review/approval of payments.

Budgeting and Long-Term Valuation:

  • Support budgeting and forecasting processes.
  • Provide key long-term forecast information.
  • Assist with governance on long-term valuation.

Support Functions (AP, AR, Payroll):

  • Lead support functions, establish financial controls, and ensure policy compliance.
  • Oversee submissions and compliance with Payment Times Report Scheme.

Statutory Compliance:

  • Lead bi-annual audits, assist with tenant outgoings audit, and manage recharge process.
  • Assist with bank covenant audits and prepare audit committee papers.
  • Ensure compliance with accounting standards, tax requirements, and ACCC reporting.

Process Improvement:

  • Regularly review processes, recommend improvements, and implement as necessary.
  • Manage implementation of new/revised processes and ensure understanding through training.
  • Work closely with Senior Manager FP&A and CFO for clear reporting.

Team Leadership:

  • Work towards team and individual goals, demonstrating APAC’s Core Competencies.
  • Coach and improve accounting team performance towards a business partnering culture.
  • Build and maintain morale, set goals, hold regular meetings, and ensure necessary support and training.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Tertiary qualification in Commerce or Accounting 
  • CA or CPA qualified
  • Experience in a medium to large finance team in a public or private company
  • Strong technical accounting knowledge gained through CA qualification and experience providing technical accounting and tax advice
  • Extensive experience in preparing month-end and year-end results to meet statutory and business reporting requirements
  • Sound business acumen combined with problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • High level of ability with financial reporting and statutory compliance
  • Broad accounting system/ software knowledge including experience using MS Office, with advanced Excel skills in particular.
  • Interpersonally savvy with the proven ability to influence and negotiate with stakeholders at all levels 

We understand that not everyone will feel they meet all of these 100%. However, if you feel you have the attitude and aptitude to grow within our team, we invite you to apply and have a conversation with us about this position.

About the Company:

Melbourne Airport (Australia Pacific Airports Corporation) is proud to be one of Australia's premier transport hubs and Victoria's gateway to the world, connecting us to the global marketplace. We are committed to creating connections that matter and enhancing the traveller experience across every aspect of our organisation to deliver our vision of becoming Australia's favourite Airport destination. Currently, in an exciting phase of change, we are delivering rewarding career opportunities, making Melbourne Airport a dynamic and fast-paced place to work for our people.

APAC is a majority Australian-owned private company that also operates Launceston Airport, the tourism gateway to Tasmania and an industry multi-award-winning airport.

Culture and Values:

By joining the team at Melbourne Airport, you will work within a friendly, high-performance culture with a focus on our people and their development.

Our vision is to become Australia's favourite Airport destination and our people are paramount to achieving this success. We provide a supportive environment, with values that encourage all of our employees to Be You, Think Big, Own it and Work Together.


  • Access to airport car parking 24 hours/365 days a year for both business and personal use
  • Hybrid flexible working arrangements
  • Airport Holiday, an additional day of leave
  • Wellness Day, a further additional day of leave
  • Discounted onsite childcare at Creative Garden Early Learning
  • Mental health and well-being initiatives
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Career and professional development
  • Active social culture and participation in a range of social impact days and activities
  • Signature Experiences including an airfield family day, and kids’ footy day 
  • Access to an employee benefits scheme including access to corporate rates and airport retailer discounts (including SkyBus)

APAC is committed to weaving Diversity into our DNA. We believe that Diversity and Inclusion will help us realise our greatest potential as a company, and maximise the potential of all our team members. We strive to create a culture where our team members understand that each individual is unique and that embracing diversity makes us more flexible, productive, and creative.

APAC provides equal opportunity and advancement in employment regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, cultural background, caring responsibilities, disability or socioeconomic background. We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds who share our workplace values of Being You, Thinking Big, Owning It and Working Together.